Taking Fatty's suggestion on-board, I would like my contribution to the QZE (see Fatty's original thread: http://www.queenzone.com/queenzone/forumnew/forum_topic_view.aspx?Q=578991
to be very simple - that is - any movie about Queen must be entertaining.
First - it must be a fictional bio-pic. No Documentary could ever replace The Untold Story or The Magic Years. If you want documentary, buy the CDs and live DVDs.
Second - it must end with God Save The Queen, Wembley (NOT Knebworth) 1986.
I have watched a number of entertaining bio-pics recently. The Aviator (Howard Hughes), By The Sea (Bobby Darin), Ray (Ray Charles), and The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers. Other favourites include The Gathering Storm (Winston Churchill), Chaplin and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and ofcourse that Oliver Stone classic - The Doors.
The most succesful common element of all - is to end on a high. (The Aviator concludes with the triumph of Hughes' Spruce Goose taking-off, and deliberately ignores the final twenty or so years of Hughes life - including his descent into madness).
Likewise, The Gathering Storm deals with Churchill's successful war years - and totally refuses to deal with his huge post WWII political wilderness years.
Although By The Sea ends with the death of Walden Robert Cassotto - we are reminded via a spectacular song and dance sequence that Bobby Darin is eternal.
Both the Darin and Lee biopics come to life because the director drives the movie forwards to find an inner truth of character, rather than the sequenced notes from a biographically lead script.
Forget art-farty directors, or vomit producing camera shoots. I want a film with a happy ending. I want a film whereby I leave the theatre with a mind-numbingly soundtrack seared inside my brain.
Finally, I want a film I would be proud to own on DVD, so that I can watch over and over as a story - and keep The Untold Story for those special treats!
"Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."